Dr Shen is one of the world's leading experts and entrepreneurs in the hydrogen industry. In 1998, Dr Shen established Palcan Energy in Canada, a global hydrogen and fuel cell industry pioneer. In the last 25 years, Dr Shen has been active in research and development. He has been granted 87 patents and won numerous prizes.
Dr Shen is a panel member of the National Research Council fuel cell program, a board member of Fuel Cell Canada, and a member of the Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). He sit on the ISO standard committee for hydrogen and fuel cell (ISO/TC 197) for 18 years. After he brought business to China in 2009, Dr Shen was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award for 100 Overseas Chinese by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of China's State Council, "Top Ten New Energy Persons of the Year", in 2018 and other honours.
As a veteran in the hydrogen industry, Dr Shen is fully aware of the difficulties in promoting hydrogen energy, thus, has been committed to finding a cost-effective, safe and reliable solution to the commercialization of hydrogen energy. Dr Shen and his team chose a green liquid fuel, methanol, as the hydrogen carrier to develop and promote methanol-reformed hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, as the first team to introduce methanol-reformed hydrogen fuel cells into China. In 2020, "Methanol Reforming Hydrogen Generation and Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Fuel Cell System Technology", developed by Palcan was rated as "International Leading" by China Petroleum and Chemical Federation and won the ministerial "First Prize for Scientific and Technological Invention." Under Dr Shen's leadership, Palcan is heading on a new journey to industrialize its technologies and products.